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decay

noun (n)

  • the process of gradually becoming inferior (noun.process)
    source: wordnet30
  • a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current (noun.process)
    Synonym: decline
    source: wordnet30
  • the organic phenomenon of rotting (noun.phenomenon)
    Synonym: decomposition
    source: wordnet30
  • an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying (noun.state)
    Example:
    The corpse was in an advanced state of decay.
    The house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair.
    source: wordnet30
  • the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation (noun.process)
    source: wordnet30
  • Gradual failure of health, strength, soundness, prosperity, or of any species of excellence or perfection; tendency toward dissolution or extinction; corruption; rottenness; decline; deterioration; as, the decay of the body; the decay of virtue; the decay of the Roman empire; a castle in decay. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • fall into decay or ruin (verb.change)
    Synonym: crumble, dilapidate
    Example:
    The unoccupied house started to decay.
    source: wordnet30
  • undergo decay or decomposition (verb.change)
    Example:
    The body started to decay and needed to be cremated.
    source: wordnet30
  • To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; to waste away; to decline; to fail; to become weak, corrupt, or disintegrated; to rot; to perish; as, a tree decays; fortunes decay; hopes decay. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To cause to decay; to impair. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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